COVID-19 cases in the U.S. decreased in March, but recently are on an incline due to the new UK variant, B.1.1.7.
According to epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, “please understand, this b.1.1.7 variant is a brand-new ball game.”
This variant is making kids more susceptible, “it infects kids very readily. Unlike previous strains of the virus, we didn’t see children under eight grade get infected often or they were not frequently very ill, they didn’t transmit to the rest of the community.”
Now Osterholm says that has changed, citing Minnesota and Michigan, where “more and more young people are being hospitalized as cases rise.”
As daily case counts decline and vaccination increases, behaviors are likely to change towards increased risk of transmission
Many individuals have been stating that the reason for Covid-19 cases decreasing in early spring is because of the vaccine that many people are receiving, however, according to the experts, it’s not because of the new vaccine.
In an article written by Keydra Manns, she said, “They are attributing shrinking virus cases to Americans adhering to COVID-19 restrictions. ”It’s encouraging to see these trends coming down, but they’re coming down from an extraordinarily high place,” said CDC director Rochelle Walensky on Sunday to NBC.” They are announcing that the reason for Covid-19 cases decreasing is due to people following restrictions such as: staying six feet apart and wearing a mask when running errands.
In another article written by Christina Maxouris and Dakin Andone, they said, “Transmission has been contained over the winter through mask-wearing, decreased mobility, and avoidance of high-risk settings such as indoor dining.” They also said, “As daily case counts decline and vaccination increases, behaviors are likely to change towards increased risk of transmission.” Now, many people are being careful of what they are doing and where they go and making sure they are wearing masks.
Nevertheless, because of COVID-19 cases decreasing, experts are afraid that the U.S. will let down their guard with the restriction that they have intact. The same article also said, “CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen said that declining numbers were good news. ’But I’m also very worried about these variants because we have seen in other countries what happens when there is an explosive spread of these more contagious variants,’ Wen said on CNN’s “Inside Politics.
People forget that letting their guard down doesn’t just affect them but also others. In another article written by Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder, she said, “The recent actions from governors might reflect how the general public feel about the pandemic. An Axios-Ipsos poll found that Americans are perceiving less risk from the pandemic than any time since last October.’ ‘People don’t know how to get back to normal – or what the milestones are to get back to normal,’ said pollster Chris Jackson, the senior vice president for Ipsos Public Affairs.”